Turkey withdraws its troops from northern Iraq excluding advisors

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Archival photo

( Baghdad – On Friday, the Turkish Minister of National Defence stated, that Turkey is withdrawing its troops from northern Iraq, while emphasized that the troops which were sent for training purposes will stay.

Ismet Yilmaz said in a statement followed by, “The withdrawal of the Turkish security forces stationed in Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq is ongoing,” adding that, “The Turkish forces which were sent earlier for training purposes will stay.”

On Thursday, the Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil Elarabi called Turkey to withdraw its troops immediately from the Iraqi territory, while praised the military operations carried out by Iraqi forces to liberate the city of Ramadi.

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  1. Due to the resentment shown by Iraqi people with stopping trade and public demonstrations against Turkey it is surprising that Turkey did not withdraw even the troops for training purposes.

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